England 2-1 Nigeria: PLAYER RATINGS
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England beat Nigeria 2-1 at Wembley Stadium as part of the Three Lions build-up to the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Find out which London Premier League stars impressed Layth Yousif on Saturday.
Jordan Pickford: 7 – Should he have done better in preventing Alex Iwobi’s goal?
Kieran Trippier: 7.5 – Excellent assist for colleague Gary Cahill’s opening goal. Showed good energy and technique down the right flank, especially in the first half as a right-wing back, or even an outside-right in old currency for Gareth Southgate.
Ashley Young: 7 – Showed good energy if not always as effective as he would have liked.
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Kyle Walker: 7 – Played on the right of Southgate’s preferred backline of three.
John Stones: 7 – Solid but enterprising when the moment allowed.
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Gary Cahill: 7.5 – Emphatic header early on underlined the experienced Chelsea defender’s attacking threat. But looked composed in defence despite the Super Eagles lively probing throughout
Jesse Lingard: 7 – Worked hard but will be disappointed not to have been more influential.
Eric Dier: 7 – Put in a shift but never appears to be particularly mobile in such a crucial ‘pivot’ position.
Harry Kane (c): 8 – World class forward but scored lucky to have grabbed a goal that has been seen on Hackney Marshes as Nigeria’s raw 19-year-old keeper Francis Uzoho miscalculated the Spurs striker’s low shot late in the first half.
Raheem Sterling: 8 – An excellent attacking display from this talented forward. Tattoo? What tattoo? Who cares anyway it’s what he does on the pitch that counts and his performance was a good one with the promise of more to come.
Dele Alli: 7 – A sporadic threat. Which can be seen as positive in as much as he kept the Nigeria backline on their toes even if he didn’t always provide an effective end product. However, given his superlative form 18 months ago you have to question his alarming dip in form when he promised to be a world beater.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek 7 – A talented player but couldn’t influence the match after replacing Lingard on 63 minutes.
Danny Welbeck 6.5 – Came on for goalscorer Kane but is not noted for his prolific nature in front of goal for England
Marcus Rashford 6.5 – Took Sterling’s place and despite his lively movement could not make his mark on the game
Danny Rose: 6.5 – On for Young after he faded but failed to produce the same energy during his appearance.
Fabian Delph: 5 – On for Alli. Heaven help us if we need a player of his limited capabilities to see us through in Russia.
Francis Uzoho: 7 – Looked confident until his error for Kane’s goal before the break. However, showed character as he refused to let an honest blunder affect his game. A big gamble awaits Super Eagles boss Gernot Rohr in whether he opts for this raw 19-year-old keeper as his No1 choice in Russia.
Bryan Idowu: 7 – Solid
William Troost-Ekong: 6.5 – Cahill lost him for his goal early on when he should have been tight on him as the ball came in.
Leon Balogun: 7 – Put in a shift
Odion Ighalho: 7.5: Unlucky to hit the post moments before Iwobi scored.
John Obi Mikel: 7 – The former Chelsea man is approaching veteran stage. And it showed, even if you could see his mind wanted him to go where his once youthful limbs could not take him. Nevertheless a talisman for the Super Eagles and his experience and excellent attitude and team ethos is invaluable.
Victor Moses: 7.5 – Lively if not always consistent.
Shehu Abdullahi: 7 – Quietly effective at times but struggled to make a real impact on the game.
Joel Obi: 6.5 – Worked hard.
Ogenyi Onazi: 6.5 – Gave his all.
Alex Iwobi: 7.5 – Deserved his goal after a busy performance that has so been lacking in Arsenal colours this term. Will be interesting to see how he performs at the World Cup given his talent.
Tyronne Ebuehi: 7 – On for Shehu at half-time time. Full of running if not composure
Kenneth Omeruo: 7 – Worked hard after replacing Balogun at the interval.
Oghenekaro Etebo: 7 – Gave an honest, diligent display after coming on for Onazi at the break.
John Ogu: 7 – Took Obi’s place at half time to inject fresh legs if not replicating his vast experience.
Ahmed Musa: 7 – Replaced the industrious Moses with a little less finesse.
Kelechi iheanacho: 7 – A class act who deserved not to flog himself into the ground on a hot day in North West London after a long season in the Premier League. Will be interesting to chart his progress in Russia as he is a quality striker.